Best of Steel Commando surprise and other Treasury of British Comics announced

The Best of Steel Commando is one of the surprise publications in the list of 2019 Treasury of British Comics, announced this week.

A number of volumes feature the art of Eric Bradbury and Mike Western.  We focus on artist Bradbury in the current issue of ComicScene UK with Western featured in early 2019 along with classic stories such as Billy’s Boots.

Barrie Tomlinson too is featured.  You can read Barrie’s ‘Perfect Annual’ in our Christmas and New Year issue as well as his Roy of the Rovers years in the new year.

There is more Misty (featured alongside Scream in the current issue of ComicScene UK Issue 4) and Ken Reid (featured in our issue 2 Humour Issue).

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More details about the Rebellion titles below.

Wildcat Vol. 1 – Turbo Jones
Treasury of British Comics

Barrie Tomlinson, John Sanders (w) Ian Kennedy, Vanyo (a)

Post-Earth pulp space opera of discovery and adventure! In 2488 Earth history professor, Turbo Jones predicted that the planet would be destroyed in 2500 by a vast meteoroid storm. Ridiculed by the world’s leaders, Turbo spent the next twelve years constructing a huge spaceship and employing a group of volunteers to help him leave the Earth and find a new home in the stars… After months in space, Turbo and his senior staff including former mercenary Loner, the mysterious Kitten Magee and the last survivor of Xgangbe-4, Joe Alien, have found a potential new home.  Now they need to get down onto the planet and make sure that it is safe for the five hundred colonists and livestock aboard the Wildcat. From the pages of best-selling British comic, Wildcat, this collection features art and design by legendary artist Ian Kennedy (2000 AD, Commando, Dan Dare) and is perfect for fans of Guardians of the Galaxy, Star Wars and Battlestar Galactica!

Fran of the Floods
Treasury of British Comics

Alan Davidson (w) Phil Gascoine (a)

Science fiction comics of ecological disaster and survival from the pages of legendary comic Jinty! Due to increased climate change, the sun starts to melt the ice caps and evaporates the world’s oceans, causing an onslaught of never ending rain. At first young Hazelford resident, Fran Scott, finds the whole thing amusing, but as the town begins to disappear underwater, the desperation of her predicament becomes all too clear. After losing her parents in the chaos, Fran decides to seek out her sister June, who recently moved to Scotland. But as the situation gets worse and society begins to crumble around her, Fran must overcome a vast array of dangers, including disease, wild animals, marauding gangs of vicious thugs and most bizarre of all, the self-proclaimed King of Glasgow!

M.A.C.H.1: Close Encounters
Treasury of British Comics

Pat Mills, Alan Hebden, Steve MacManus, John Cooper, Jesus Redondo, Kevin O’Neill, Scott Goodall, Roy Preston, Nick Landau, Mike Lake, Gary Rice (w) Marzal Canos, Ramon Sola, Montero, Trevor Goring, Garry Leach, Mike Donaldson, Mike Dorey (a)

Super-spy action thrills in 2000 AD’s answer to James Bond and The 6 Million Dollar Man! When terrorists, super-weapons and other-worldly forces plot destruction, the British Secret Service need John Probe – their number one super-agent. But when Probe begins to question the motives of his superiors and the ruthless logic of his cybernetic brain, he finds the service has dark secrets up its sleeve… including failed prototype, M.A.C.H. Zero! The agency will find out what happens when they try to control Men Activated by Compu-Puncture Hyperpower!
This volume collects the explosive finale of 2000 AD’s super-spy thriller and the M.A.C.H. Zero spin-off story!

Invasion 1984
Treasury of British Comics

John Wagner, Alan Grant (w) Eric Bradbury (a)

British comics’ take on War of the Worlds beams down for some classic comics carnage! 1984. Skeletal-looking alien warriors have invaded the Earth, bringing many large cities like London to the brink of total destruction! Taken by surprise, mankind must now dig deep to survive! In Britain the tough-as-boots military outfit known as Storm Squad mount the fightback against the ‘Spooks’ while professor Ed Lomax looks into a way of permanently ridding the plant of this unearthly foe for good! A complete graphic novel story of British pluck in the face of alien invasion as combat collides with cosmic terror – never reprinted outside the original newsstand magazine Battle Picture Weekly, a legendary comic that influenced a generation of creators including Garth Ennis (Preacher). Includes five never-remastered colour pages reinstated in their original form.

The Leopard From Lime Street Volume 2
Treasury of British Comics

Tom Tully (w) Eric Bradbury, Mike Western (a)

The ‘UK’s answer to Spider-Man’ returns in the second collection of this long lost classic from the hugely popular and long running Buster comic. After being scratched by a radioactive leopard, Billy Farmer discovered that he had somehow developed the powers of the mighty jungle cat. Life is getting tougher for Selbridge’s premier crime-fighter. The criminals are getting tougher, his the local newspaper editor is out for his blood and now his new leopard skin costume is turning him into a savage beast! To make matters worse, a girl from his school suspects his true identity! Is this the end for the Leopard from Lime Street…?

Deathwish Volume 1: Best Wishes
Treasury of British Comics

Barry Tomlinson (w) Vanyo (a)

Evel Knievel meets the Phantom of the Opera in the original Fast and the Furious – he’s the greatest daredevil of them all because he doesn’t care if he lives or dies! Blake Edmonds had it all – fame, money, looks… and then the world-famous F1 driver suffered a terrible accident which left him hideously disfigured. Fashioning a mask to hide his terrible visage, Edmonds has taken on a new career as a stuntman, flirting with death on a regular basis. Adrenaline-fuelled action comics from the Treasury of British Comics vault, never reprinted outside the original newsstand magazine Speed! Collects the complete Death Wish run from Speed, mashing together the ’70s F1 wave of popularity with a macabre, uncanny horror and visceral action, Death Wish was a hit across the nation.

Leo Baxendale’s Sweeney Toddler
Treasury of British Comics

Leo Baxendale (w+a)

Sweeny Toddler was his greatest creation for IPC – a two-year-old terror who manages to cause mayhem from beyond his pram and cot! This collection bring together all of Baxendale’s Sweeny Toddler strips from Shiver and Shake and Whoopee! And includes an introduction from Martin Baxendale. One of the most highly-regarded cartoonists in British comics, Leo Baxendale has been responsible for creating many classic strips, including Minnie the Minx and The Bash Street Kids. Includes x 6 colour pages completely re-mastered from the original work and re-instated in this luxury format. Perfect for Beano and Dandy annual collectors, classic humour strip nostalgists, fans of Calvin and Hobbes, as well as previous Treasury humour titles Creepy Creations and Faceache!

Best of Steel Commando – Rebellion Digest
Treasury of British Comics

Paperback Digest
Frank Pepper (w) Alex Henderson, Vince Wernham (a)

Classic adventure combat comic receives the Digest Rebellion treatment! Developed by British scientists in WW2, the Steel Commando was created to become a thorn in the side of the Axis powers. Due to a programming glitch, however, he would only take orders from Ernie Bates – an individual widely regarded as being the laziest soldier in the British army! The first Treasury of British comics title to be printed in the Digest size – accessible stories at low price points – this is perfect for fans of the pulp science fiction titles like Von Hoffman’s Invasion and Ant Wars or Rebellion’s best-selling omnibus editions of combat comics Charley’s War. Created by legends of British Comics, these stories have never before been reprinted beyond their original newsstand magazine appearances.


Wildcat Vol. 2 – Loner
Treasury of British Comics
Barrie Tomlinson, John Sanders (w) Eric Bradbury, David Pugh (a)
Wandering through a hostile alien landscape, Loner desperately searches for a new habitat for mankind – but his desperate search for civilisation’s new home comes at a price! Evoking the madness of classic Silver Age comics, this Alice in Wonderland absurdist sci-fi ran alongside Turbo Jones, Kitten McGee, and Joe Alien as part of the incredible inter-comics crossover Wildcat from the 1980s.


Doctor Mesmer’s Revenge
Treasury of British Comics
Donne Avenell (w) Carlos Cruz (a)

From the pages of Lion and Thunder, when thieves stole a number of ancient Egyptian relics from him, the mysterious Doctor Mesmer revived an ancient Egyptian mummy named Angor to help him retrieve his prized collection. Using a miniature statuette to control his unearthly minions, Mesmer’s ruthlessness in taking back his property soon turns him into a wanted criminal. Hammer Horror meets Doomlord in this gem from the 1970s!

Misty Presents: The Art of Jordi Badía Romero
Treasury of British Comics

Jordi Badía Romero, Enrique Badía Romero (a)

Celebrating the incredible art of Jordi Badía Romero from supernatural girls comic Misty, this sumptuous hardcover art book collects stories from the 1980s that showcase this remarkable, and criminally–overlooked, artist who died in 1984. The book also includes work by his brother, Enrique Badía Romero

Battle Presents: Operation Overlord
Treasury of British Comics

Michael le Galli, Bruno Falba (w) Davide Fabbri (a)

On June 6, 1944 land 14,000 Allied paratroopers of the US 82nd Airborne Division in the hinterland of the beach section Utah Beach and conquer the town of Sainte-Mère-Église. This action became known as the beginning of Operation Overlord. Among the fighters are five American soldiers – each with his own story, dreams, and motivations. Everyone experiences the horrors of war in their own way and none of them will return home. This translation of the French comic book brings one of the most spectacular military operations in history to life.

Ken Reid – World Wide Weirdies Vol. 1
Treasury of British Comics
Ken Reid (a)

Following 2018’s collection of Ken Reid’s Creepy creations, World Wide Weirdies collects the almost weekly run of Reid’s bizarre and inventive illustrations from IPC’s Whoopee! and Shiver and Shake. Usually displayed in colour on the back cover, they are among the most striking images to have appeared in British comics. Based on ideas submitted by readers, they need to be seen to be believed. This stunning hardcover will collect the whole run from 1974 to 1978.

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